Emily Inglethorp, a wealthy, elderly woman has died at Styles Court, a country manor at Essex. She has been poisoned.
Who has killed her?
Is it Alfred Inglethorp, her second husband who is considered a fortune hunter by the other members of the family and had the most to gain from the death of Emily? Or is it John Cavendish, Emily’s elder stepson from her first husband’s previous marriage, who would inherit the manor property from Emily after her death? Perhaps it is Lawrence Cavendish, Emily’s younger stepson, who has studied medicine and may be the only one with the required skills to poison someone? Or is it her long-time companion, Evelyn Howard?
Written in the middle of the First World War and first published in the year 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a gripping detective novel where Agatha Christie, the Queen of Mystery, introduces Hercule Poirot, one of the most famous fictional detective characters, for the first time to her readers. The plot has multiple characters and plot twists that keep the reader glued to the book!
Reading this book, you would also get insight about this interesting doctrine of law: Double Jeopardy!
Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommendation: Read, especially if you want to enjoy the Poirot Series by Madame Christie!
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